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“The Most Peaceful Alaskan Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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98.5 Mile Tok Cut Off Road, PO Box 122, Tok, AK 99780   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Tok
Fairbanks, Alaska
2 reviews
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“The Most Peaceful Alaskan Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

My significant other and I stayed here for 3 days and two nights during early September and it was one of the best trips we've had in Alaska. Being from Fairbanks, we wanted to getaway to a remote part of the state which is removed from the glut of tourism along the highway between Fairbanks and Seward. So, we looked to venture out east towards Tok and the mountains in that part of the state. We were very lucky to find LCWL last-minute and making a booking. Jill and John were extremely kind from the beginning while booking the cabin via email and then over the phone. Once arriving at the lodge (which is miles from any city or tourist outlet or even other local homes - a true wilderness lodge), we were walked around the property and kindly shown everything that would be available during our stay. Jill and John had even prepared the wood-fired hot-tub for our arrival! In our cabin, a fire had been lit to warm up the place in anticipation of our stay, and a scented candle was also lit in the windowsill. The cabins are beautiful furnished and decorated in a rustic, yet plush Alaskan wilderness theme. The historic and the new cabins are clean and tidy on the inside, and both are equally furnished and decorated. We enjoyed home-cooked meals in the main lodge, and Jill and John made sure we had plenty to eat - including delicious deserts with dinner. They were very kind to accommodate my partner's vegetarian diet for both breakfast and dinner. Jill and John also have a wonderful dog named Yukon and cat named Kobuk. Yukon would often run beside us during a bike ride (bikes provided by LCWL), and even traced the edge of the pond as we paddled around in the canoe (also provided by LCWL). We enjoyed peaceful walks along the various trails in the area, and did not encounter any other folks along those trails (aside from the occasional other guest). We enjoyed a soak in the hot-tub one evening and even spotted faint views of the Aurora Borealis to the north. John was so kind as to drop-off a thermos of hot-coffee at our cabin door before breakfast (leaving it on the step and not waking-us, of course).....the list of wonderful perks just goes on and on.

I would say the best thing about the LCWL are it's hosts, John and Jill - two incredibly kind people who truly enjoy treating new guests as great friends. You would be very wise to find yourself relaxing at LCWL for even one night during your travels throughout Alaska. Many former guests of LCWL who wrote in the cabin book (a notebook within each cabin for guests to sign and write a little note) had mentioned that the LCWL was the very best time of their trip in Alaska. My partner and I are from Fairbanks and thus live in Alaska year-round. Our time at LCWL was the very best trip either of us have ever taken in Alaska (aside from the numerous backcountry camping trips). If you're from Alaska and want to get-away from it all but still enjoy the comforts of home...or if you're traveling through Alaska and want to get-away from the madhouse of tourism in Seward and Denali...then travel to LCWL.....take a soak in the hot-tub, take a creekside walk with Yukon the dog, hike up a mountainside to view the wilderness of Alaska, canoe across a peaceful and quite boreal pond, ride a bike down the Old Tok Cutoff Road, or simply read a book by the fire in your cabin. And those are just the offerings of a summer-time trip. My partner and I look forward to visiting again in the winter for some Aurora viewing and cross-country skiing in the wilderness!

Room Tip: The Wolf's Den was excellent for it's cozy double bed, wood-fired stove, twin-bed in the lof...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cornwall, NY
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This lodge was recommended to us by friends who stay here regularly on their way to Anchorage. We were not disappointed; our plans were to stay one night but we were so enchanted that we adjusted our schedule so that we could stay an additional night. We wish we could have stayed longer. Our hosts, John and Jill were most accommodating and hospitable and exceeded our expectations. The food was excellent and with a very nice personal touch. Being just a little removed off the Tok Cut Off Hwy made it very private and special. We were able to do some hiking, canoeing and biking. This experience was made possible by John and Jill in creating a most unique experience. A bonus was being entertained by Yukon, their Anatolian shepherd. If we are ever in Alaska again we would definitely go out of our way to stay here.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Our relaxing stay here was the highlight of the journey from Anchorage to Haines! We spent time relaxing and enjoying the beauty of interior Alaska at this lodge outside Tok. Arrive early enough for Jill's dinner as it is wonderful and John's breakfast are a great way to start a day. The cabins are clean and comfortable. Bring your boots and go for a hike on the trails to explore the area around. Your time at the log Cain Wilderness Lodge is well spent and provides a piece of heaven in Alaska.

Room Tip: The rustic cabins are very nice, you can use the shower in the main house. The newer cabins have sho...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Juneau, Alaska, USA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We started our summertime driving trip through the Yukon Territory in Skagway, Alaska and ended up in Haines one week later, just in time to catch the ferry south. We have lived in Alaska for thirty years, but seldom have taken the time to wander around in the Interior. We intentionally made time to stay with John and Jill at the Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge, knowing it would be a unique and interesting experience. It met all our expectations. Both John and Jill are warm and welcoming hosts, who enjoy company and so obviously love the land they have cultivated. They are excellent sources of information about the flora, fauna and animals of the region throughout the seasons, including the dead of winter. They also know much about the Ahtna people, history and culture, which makes staying with them even more interesting. Their creativity and interests in the latest technology made staying with them a learning experience on another dimension - we learned a lot about heat exchange and solar power. On a walk out on their land after a delicious dinner we found enormous bear prints in the mud, saw a river otter swimming in the Tok River and began to understand why this terrain is good for moose as well. Our evening ended in the hot tub - we were too tired to try the zip line over the creek ! We felt well cared for in every way.
The wilderness ingenuity and self reliance of John and Jill are a big part of the memories now etched in our heads, and a big part of the stories we are telling. We recommend this place without reservation. It is worth the drive.

Room Tip: We loved our log cabin by the creek, one of the newer cabins, where we fell asleep to the sound of t...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LaCrosse
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We found this place after our reservation in Paxson was flooded! Fate intervened and provided us with a totally serene stay. Jill and John were wonderful hosts, the food was great, and the wilderness was inspiring. I don,t know if we will ever make it back, but if we do we will stay here again

Room Tip: These were individual cabins and only one has indoor plumbing. We had the opportunity to see them a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We had a group of 15 geologists stay at the lodge and hold a full day of meetings and discussions. The property is beautiful, the cabins are cozy, the food was excellent, and the hospitality was top notch. The main lodge is spacious and comfortable, and John took care of all our a/v needs for presentations. I will absolutely stay here again in the future.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cardington, Ohio, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Five fellow educators and I spent a memorable and adventuresome week at this lodge. While I know our daily rate was higher than the usual, so were our adventures. We snow machined to out of the way places, learned first hand about dog sledding, experienced a snow shoe hike to a peak overlooking a large valley near the lodge, toured a Native American school near Tok, cross-country skied on groomed trails and experienced a breath taking flight over the nearby mountains, rivers and glaciers. This was all organized and lead by our hosts, John and Jill Rusyniak. They were extraordinary hosts, and made us feel at home. Did I mention the food? Each morning we were provided a hearty breakfast that often included eggs, pancakes, French toast, meat, and fruit. Suppers included fresh fish, meats, side dishes and desserts. The entire experience was extraordinary and accommodations wonderful. Thanks John and Jill!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge

Address: 98.5 Mile Tok Cut Off Road, PO Box 122, Tok, AK 99780
Location: United States > Alaska > Tok
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Tok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come, escape the rat-race, and slip into a bit of our Alaskan Heaven Add a memorable stop to your journey through Alaska with a stay to the Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge, where your hosts, John and Jill Rusyniak, invite you to share the dream they are living.The property is perfectly named: well-maintained log-cabin accommodations in the wilderness of the Little Tok Valley, a breathtakingly beautiful area in the Mentasta. Mountains region of interior Alaska. It is the ideal location to step away from the pace, noise and distractions of your daily life, to relax and catch your breath while traveling and absorb both the grandeur and simple delights of nature.Located 28 miles south of Tok, 300 miles northeast of Anchorage, 240 miles southwest of Fairbanks and six miles from the nearest neighbors, John and Jill's 11 acres are surrounded by millions of acres of public land. Though off the electrical grid and far from the nearest cell phone tower, free WiFi service is available to visitors of at this intersection of rural and modern living.Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge is the complete package of amazing scenery and frequent wildlife sightings, comfortable buildings – some historic, some just a couple of years old – hearty home-cooked meals, a variety of activities. Moreover, a visit to Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge stands out because it includes the opportunity to experience the lifestyle and daily activities of year-round residents.John and Jill have been building toward the reality of Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge throughout their lives together and officially opened the business on May 18, 2008. ... more   less 
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